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Former actress Gigi Lai may have married into some serious money (her billionaire hubby Patrick Ma’s family owns Oriental Press Group, the largest media group in Hongkong), but she certainly hasn’t been living like some idle tai tai.

In 2008, the ageless Gigi — she turns an unbelievable 50 on October 1 — retired from showbiz to take over her younger brother Stephen’s cosmetics business Cosmax after he was seriously injured in a car accident.

Fast forward to today, and the biz has now grown into the Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Miricor Enterprises Holdings. Chinese tech giant Meitu was recently reported to have acquired thousands of shares in the company, which in turn boosted Gigi’s net worth by a whopping HK$319mil (S$55.6mil).

In short, the woman is bloody rich, but it looks like that hasn’t stopped her from doing things you’d think the uber-wealthy would prefer to avoid. Like taking the subway.

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